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Getting Smart About Smoothies: Liquid Breakfast’s Pros and Cons

by Yes Health

We love smoothies for lots of reasons: they’re quick, easy to make and taste delicious. Plus, they make us feel like we’re starting the day off right. The problem is, some smoothies aren’t quite as good for us as we might think. 

Because we tend to drink them quickly, it’s easy for us to gulp down more calories and sugar when we drink a smoothie than when we eat whole fruits and vegetables. Plus we miss out on a lot of the natural fiber, which helps stabilize our blood sugar levels and keeps us feeling fuller longer. 

If you like buying pre-made smoothies from your local grocery store or cafe, buyer beware. They can contain added sweeteners and artificial colors and flavors.

Making a good-for-you smoothie all comes down to ingredients–and striking a balanced combination of protein, nutritious fats and high-quality fiber-filled carbs. 

Keep these 6 tips top of mind the next time you feel a craving coming on:

  1. Limit your fruit. Keep it to one type per smoothie. Berries, for example, give good flavor and keep sugars in check.
  2. Go veggie-heavy. Spinach, kale, chard and avocado are all great choices. 
  3. Give it protein power.  Add plain yogurt, nuts, or unsweetened protein powder.
  4. Fill up with fiber. Throw in a teaspoon or two of ground flax or chia seeds. 
  5. Think small. An 8-ounce glass of a nutrient-rich smoothie can go a long way. Remember to sip it slowly and savor the flavors!
  6. Don’t overdo a good thing. As tempting as they are, it’s best to limit yourself to one smoothie a day. 

To get you started, try Coach Miriam's Blueberry Almond Antioxidant Smoothie!

P.S. Here’s another low-sugar option.

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